Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Arabian melody - En periks anna milloinkaan

Now, this is one again one of those forgotten gems. At least the original song is. Frederik recorded "En periks anna milloinkaan" (I will never give in) in 1974. It was on the album of the same name, and was released also as a single. Although the song and the lyrics (by Veikko "Vexi" Salmi) fit well with Frederik's macho image, the song wasn't such big hit for him. The original - that I haven't heard until quite recently - was an obscure, almost instrumental pre-disco tune from France called "Arabian Melody". It was performed by a group called Pop Concerto Orchestra. It appears to have been popular in France (and probably elsewhere in Middle-Europe) in the 70's. However it did not break through in Finland, nor did almost any other French act. But this tune is something to go wild about. The PCO group was formed by Frenchmen Olivier Toussaint and Paul de Senneville. Toussaint was the lead singer, and he (together vith Celine) reprsesented Monaco in the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest.

Here's the pair:

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